cantankerous believes there are six key lessons to be learned from the rioting breaking out in the poorer Boroughs of London.
We are seeing social breakdown. It is criminal, but the police cannot control the situation, and our society cannot function in this atmosphere. We need to lock up offenders but we also need to understand why [...]
From Enron to News
cantankerous is always interested in the background of lawyers in the news. Interesting, isn’t it, that Jon Chapman, the News International Director of Legal Affairs, to whom the correspondence in Robert Peston’s ‘smoking gun’ News of the World police corruption scoop is addressed, worked as a senior in-house solicitor at Enron from 1996 until [...]
What a disgrace that Khan and Tanweer were never followed up
Here’s a surveillance photograph that the UK’s secret police took of 7/7 bombers Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidque Khan in 2004. Claiming insufficient resources, MI5′s Chief of Staff, Witness G, today told the 7 July Inquests, that Tanweer and Khan could not be monitored because [...]
cantankerous has always taken claims by ACPO and senior police officers to a recently discovered constitutional right to ‘operational independence’ with a very generous pinch of salt. Operational independence allowing a Metropolitan Police officer to murder innocent newspaper salesman, Ian Tomlinson, on his way home yet escape any form of criminal prosecution, perhaps? Operationally independent [...]